Jordan Palmer | Kentucky Equality Federation
Jordan Palmer (Col. Jordan Bowling Palmer) has been active in civil rights and a public advocate for decades.
Born to a preacher (who does not speak to him because he is gay) and a lady outside Hazard, KY, Palmer attended a private Methodist boarding school, Leslie County High School, and earned his JD (Juris Doctor).
Palmer also served as on the Board of Directors and the Executive Vice President of Development of Marriage Equality USA (based in San Francisco, California) from 2007-2009.
From protesting former Governor Ernie Fletcher and later Representative Joseph Fischer for saying "gays had not suffered enough", sponsoring a Soulforce Equality Ride, forcing school boards to allow Gay-Straight Alliances, rallying at Northern Kentucky University and the Hazard Pavilion, forcing policy changes, organizing Kentucky's 1st Gay Marriage License Day, assisting in restoring KADAP, to successfully pushing the 1st Federal Hate Crime convictions in U.S. History.
Palmer also had Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban struck down by a Kentucky judge months before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the issue in Kentucky Equality Federation v Commonwealth of Kentucky (based solely on Palmer's legal theory).
His accomplishments speak for themselves and his impact on Kentucky and United States history, undeniable.
Palmer also fought Prop 8 in the state of California.